Cooking steak, although technically very quick and straightforward, requires a certain level of skill; if you are cooking to impress and looking to find the fine balance between perfectly cooked on the outside and tender and juicy in the middle.
Here are a few guidelines to take into consideration when cooking the perfect steak.
Flavour and seasoning is completely dependent on personal preference. Some may like to enjoy the meat in its purest form with no added flavours (if you do opt for this, ensure you buy a good cut of quality meat), whilst others may like to season with salt, pepper, oil, butter, BBQ sauce, the list goes on. Steak is extremely versatile therefore lends itself well to a whole host of different flavours.
If you do choose to marinate your steak, ensure you allow ample time to really soak up all the flavours.
Cooking the perfect steak
Once your meat is prepared and ready for cooking, ensure you take it out of the fridge at least an hour prior to cooking to get it to room temperature. Letting the meat ‘breathe’ helps it to fully absorb flavours and ensure the heat effectively reaches through to the middle.
Whether frying, grilling or barbecuing, ensure the cooking surface is piping hot! Cook each side, consistently turning every minute, or enough to your liking. Your steak should be sealed on the outside, with a lovely golden brown colour. Cooking your steak on the BBQ will maximise the taste, giving it the ultimate chargrilled, smoky flavour.
Once your steak is cooked to your liking, let it rest for 3 – 5 minutes before serving. This allows the juices and flavour to settle into the meat, making it extra juicy and extra tasty! For some delicious steak recipes, visit our blog, and if you have any tasty, new recipes, please share them with us!